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Wymondham Rugby Club relocation and 390 home scheme is thrown out by council

PUBLISHED: 11:25 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:25 07 January 2015

Wymondham Rugby Club
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Wymondham Rugby Club Picture by: Sonya Duncan

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Wymondham Rugby Club’s plan to relocate to another ground has been thrown out by South Norfolk Council’s development management committee today.

The committee members voted unanimously to refuse the application.

The club relocation scheme from its Tuttles Lane ground was part of plans to build 390 homes in Tuttles Lane and Norwich Common, a scheme planners said would impact on school places and the “strategic gap” between Wymondham and Hethersett.

The rugby club, which has 1,200 members, had said the move is necessary as its present facilities are not up to scratch, with club chairman Andrew Kilby previously saying the scheme is the only chance the club has to grow,

Today’s meeting heard the estimated cost of the move was £5,5m but that the benefits did not outweigh the negatives arising from the overall scheme.

Hethersett councillors David Bills and Leslie Dale raised concerns over the potential loss of gap between Wymondham and Hethersett.

See tomorrow’s EDP and Mercury for a full report.

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